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Feb
2
2021
Lake Waco makes US history in eradicating the invasive zebra mussel in a new fairly simple and effective way.
Dec
17
2020
The Connection Between Groundwater and Streams
Nov
10
2020
Fishing for the Truth
Oct
22
2020
Join us for the Sustainable Waco Virtual Conference Series this fall. Our first free virtual event will focus on results from a recent public forum about water.
Waco and the suburbs and rural areas in McLennan County, TX are home to about 250,000 people and we all depend on water. Climate change is changing the timing and intensity of precipitation, drought and extreme heat and may lead to changes in water quantity and quality, which will not be felt equally by all people in our community. There are no easy solutions to Waco's future water challenges, but everyone can consider what we can do to prepare for the future. Join us to hear the outcomes of a recent community forum on water, and to learn about how you can make your voice heard. Register for this free virtual event, held through Zoom, in the link below.
Oct
21
2020
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2020) —The Baylor University Police Department (BUPD) will collect old and expired prescription drugs as part of a National Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24. Although the official collection day is on Saturday, BUPD will begin accepting prescription drugs today, Oct. 21.
Oct
15
2020
Can Aquatic Plants Drown?
Feb
4
2015
The Lake Waco Wetlands was established as a partial mitigation for habitat loss. Strong community support and interest has resulted in numerous environmental education and research opportunities. Please see full story by Land and Water Magazine.
Oct
7
2014
Baylor University's Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research has been selected to partner with SciGirls Connect, a national effort with the goal of getting young girls engaged in the scientific field. Please see full story by Tonya B Lewis.
Sep
9
2014
Plenty of people care about the environment and the quality of life for humans and animals, but not many have the opportunity to directly impact on the future of our planet. Baylor University’s Dr. Bryan Brooks, professor of environmental science and biomedical studies, is one of the lucky few. Please see full story by Baylor Proud.
Sep
7
2014
Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District/Carollo in Park City, Utah & Baylor University's Dr. Bryan Brooks collaborate on water quality issues. Please see full story by Adam Mathews.
Apr
10
2014
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, will lead the research core on a four-year, $4.4 million project aimed at designing chemicals and materials that are less toxic to humans and the environment. Please see full story by Tonya Lewis with Baylor Media.
Mar
13
2014
Dr. Jason Berninger, Baylor Ph.D. graduate now a National Research Council Associate (NRC) with the US EPA in Duluth, MN is featured on page 8-9 of the Winter 2013-14 edition of the NRC Research Associateship Program Newsletter entitled, "Lemon Shark to Aquatic Toxicology". Please see attached article for full details.
Sep
25
2013
Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, died on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Article by William Dickie, The New York Times.
Sep
17
2013
Now, for the first time researchers have used the earwax to study a whale's exposure to ocean contaminants from birth to death. "This has opened the floodgates for doing some great analysis," says Sascha Usenko of Baylor University, Waco, Texas. "Now we can look at the impact of ocean contaminants on these organisms historically, which has always been very hard to address." Please see article by Alyssa A Botelho for full details.
Aug
28
2013
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Please see article by Tonya B. Lewis for full details.
Jun
26
2013
On June 14th, 10 educators attended a workshop in Corpus Christi, TX to learn about PPCP's in the environment. The educators were a mix of both formal classroom teachers from area school districts and informal educators from the Texas Master Naturalist Program. Complete report by Melissa Mullins, Baylor University Environmental Educator, in Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant & University of Illinois Extension.
Jun
22
2013
Studies suggest a common sealant using coal tar contains hazardous chemicals that elevate lifetime cancer risk. So some cities and states are banning its use. The product gradually wears off and breaks down into particles that are washed off by rain into streams, blown by wind or tracked into homes on the soles of shoes. Complete report by Wendy Koch, Sci-Tech Today
Jan
2
2013
Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states.
Jun
8
2012
EPA Releases Fact Sheet on the Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
Feb
14
2012
Study conducted by Dr. E. Spencer Williams, et al., finds children who live adjacent to structures covered in coal-tar-based pavement sealant are at higher risk for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) exposure.
Environmental Pollution, vol 164, May 2012, pgs. 40-41
Dec
16
2011
Graduate student Eleanor Robinson, with environmental scientist Sascha Usenko and biologist Stephen Trumble, all at Baylor University in Texas, have worked out an analytical method to quantify the compounds sequestered in whale earwax to determine levels of exposure to contaminants.
Dec
7
2011
Bikram Subedi, a chemistry doctoral student working with Dr. Sascha Usenko, assistant professor of environmental science, won second place for a best student platform and oral presentation and Bowen Du, an ecological, earth and environmental sciences doctoral student working with Dr. Bryan Brooks, professor and graduate program director of environmental science, won third place for best student poster presentations.
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